At the mere age of 29 I've unfortunately had way too many experiences with losing people way before what I believe their time should be. It has taught me that lesson that life is tragically short and if you want something in this world you need to stand up and take it. It has also taught me not to dwell on the past or on things I can not change and just try to live the best life that I can ever single day.
Last week I was reminded of this again when I had two circumstances that reminded me this awful lesson. Two of my friends from high school are dealing with tragedies that they shouldn't. One friend lost her husband in an awful skydiving accident and the other lost her beloved cousin in a tragic car accident. Both were free loving spirts and both above all loved life.
The picture above is of Marina Keegan. Marina was many things, a political organizer, actress, camp counselor, debate champion, Yale honors graduate and most of all a writer. At the mere age of 22 she had accomplished more than most people had ever dreamed of. She was set to start working as an assistant to The New Yorker Magazine in June, a job any writer would dream of. A musical she wrote called "Independants" is to be performed at the New York International Film Festival this summer.
I've read stories about her now in the Boston Globe, The NY Times, NPR, Huffington Post. This kid (because really at 22 you are a kid) made an impact. Yet from all the articles and stories that I read, it was a piece that she wrote for a special edition of Yale's commencement exercises just a few weeks ago that has hit me the hardest. Its tragically beautiful knowing the circumstances now.
I will publish the piece below so that as many people as possible can read Marina's world and can take some of the inspiration with them. My heart hurts for my friends families at this moment and would like to just remind everyone that life is short and tomorrow is not guaranteed. Live like Rob and Marina and live life for today.
"The Opposite of Loneliness" by Marina Keegan.